I was lucky enough to be gifted my most recent iPhone 4 from my boyfriend (thanks Simon!) when he upgraded to the 4S. I was immediately excited not only by the faster processing speeds and longer-life battery, but the opportunity to get a cool new case (my iPhone 3's was literally falling apart, causing people to ask me if I was nibbling at it).


I've wanted a phone case made out of wood, but for years the only ones out there were crazy-expensive. So I was pleasantly surprised when I came across all sorts of gorgeous wood cases. See my faves (and the one I finally chose) below:  

This handmade cork iPhone case is an interesting take on the idea of a wood covering for your phone. Unique and cork is a bit softer than other woods, so this case would be lightweight and would feel great against the hand. This case was my second choice. 


These wooden skins by Trunket are thin and less protective than a case, but are still made from real rescued woods that would otherwise make their way to the dump. Handmade in Bridgeport, Connecticut in an old factory, they come in many different types of woods, and I love the elephant on the back! The adhesive can be removed with no damage to the phone when you are ready to upgrade. 


If you are into Steampunk, this made-to-order case has mechanized buttons to work the volume control, and all sorts of fun accoutrements on the back. According to the seller, the phone is, "Named after the ancient pre-Classic Greek goddess Dione, and intended to be the “smart-phone” nod to the Oracle cults, this is an item for the discerning Lady or Gentleman who wishes to remain anachronistically proper while enjoying the benefits of living in the 21st century."


Gerry Bojanowski's iPhone cases made in Northern California from mostly salvaged wood was the winner in my personal search for a new phone cover. He makes plain versions in several types of wood (cherry, walnut, red oak), and this striped one of mixed hardwoods. Can't wait to get it on my new (to me) phone! 

Starre Vartan ( @ecochickie ) covers conscious consumption, health and science as she travels the world exploring new cultures and ideas.

4 beautiful wood iPhone cases
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